Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nashville searching for elusive victory in Vancouver

The Nashville Predators will take on the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena tonight for the final game of their five game road trip. Nashville has gone 1-3-0 on the road trip so far, and they will desperately be looking to close it out with a win in Vancouver.

It was a wild first period the last time these two teams met. The Canucks had a 4-1 lead after the first period, and Anders Lindback entered the game in relief of Pekka Rinne after the first period. Vancouver won the game 5-1, and outshot the Predators by a 40-26 margin.

Nashville has really struggled as of late, posting a 1-4-1 in their last six games. They will be looking to get back on track against a Vancouver team that has found their groove. The Canucks have won five games in a row, and have an 8-2-0 record in their past 10 games.

Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks with 27 points in 24 games played this season, and Henrik Sedin is right behind his brother with 24 points of his own. Ryan Kesler has been heating up as of late, and has registered at least one point in each of his last five games.

The Predators are going to have to generate more shots on goal if they want to beat the Canucks. Veterans like Mike Fisher and David Legwand are going to have to elevate their offensive productivity to get the Predators back to their winning ways.

My player to watch for the Canucks is Dan Hamhuis. The former Predator has gotten off to a pretty good start this year. He has 13 points on the year, and has a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

For the Predators, my player to watch is Sergei Kostitsyn. He hasn't been producing offensively as of late, and that doesn't bode well for Nashville. However, every good offensive player bounces out of their slump. Look for Kostitsyn to do that tonight.

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